Author Archives: Deanna

DIY Birthday Streamers

My daughter turned 14, when did I get this old and where has the time gone? Well this is the first year that any talk of my decorations has been negative. I hung up these streamers that I had thought were very cute, but she was definitely embarrassed by them. I guess that’s life as a Jr Higher, being embarrassed by your parents.

I have these stairs all the way up 4 floors and it was the perfect place to hang these streamers from.

These are super easy to make, all you need is paper and scissors!

Thank you Jordan from Oh Happy Day!

For Instructions click here!

Vinegar – the Wonder Cleaner!

I live in a land where chemicals are used for everything, it literally makes me sick sometimes if I let myself think about it. But today I realized that even though I might not be able to change this countries way of doing things, there is something I can do with what I use in my own house. I was running out of cleaning supplies and honestly I didn’t want to buy anymore, the amount a bottle of floor cleaner costs is outrageous, so I started looking up recipes for cleaners and found that vinegar can be an amazing all-purpose cleaner. I am so excited to try this.

Here are two website that I found that were great help to me; love to know and the new homemaker.

One recipe for soft scrub that I found and works wonders is:

1/4 cup baking soda

1 tablespoon dish soap

and enough vinegar to make a past(about an 1/8 cup)

I will always have to buy dish soap and bleach to clean my dishes and produce but getting rid of some of the big polluter is a step in the right direction.

DIY Easy Body Scrub

Only 3 ingredients in this body scrub:

~ BROWN SUGAR ~ GROUND COFFEE ~ HONEY

Whats lovely about the brown sugar here is that its unrefined, so its extra course, perfect for body scrub.

I just kind of guessed at how much to put together and it worked perfectly.

2 time use:

1 teaspoon coffee grounds

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

Mix together and your set.

Use in the shower for body scrub or for a foot scrub when  doing a pedicure.

Enjoy!

This Last Weekend

Want to see what I did last weekend?

Before

After

Warning: Don’t paint indoors, the fumes can cause major burning in your throat. For some reason it seems I always learn the hard way.

 

 

 

 

Kenya in Pictures

Thank Kenya! And thanks to my dear hubs for the photo of the Cheetah, his camera stopped working the second day and so we had to share cameras, which was hard on both of us, but they say sharing brings you closer together. 🙂

Anthropologie Lamp Shade – A Possible DIY Project

I am still in Kenya, in Nairobi at the moment, hanging with my husband and his colleagues while they check out some urban farming ideas. Because they have work to do; I have been able to spend some time on the internet, which is how I came across these beautiful lampshades.

I saw this first lamp shade when I was looking through Pinterest and from there it took me to Anthropologies website and of course made me think about how I could replicate this at my house. I am excited to try.

Please give this a try and if you do, send me a photo or link to your website so I can see your amazing work!

Beautiful Kenya

I am in Kenya! I will be in Kenya for the next two and a half weeks. We landed in Nairobi where the traffic is horrendous, a 40km drive was 2 hours. We are now on the coast in Malindi for a week and than to Mombasa, another coast town and than back to Nairobi for a few days and finally we will get to see the great Wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara. It will be a very busy trip but one I wont soon forget.

This was taken in the airplane over the coast of Kenya.

I will share more photos as the days go by.

Enjoy your weekend!